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Global Potential: Boston Office (Globalhood Inc.)

 50 Milk Street, 17th floor
 Boston, MA 02109
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LAST UPDATED: 09/21/2017
Organization DBA Global Potential
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

Global Potential (GP) empowers high potential urban youth from low-income communities around the world to energize each other through education, international service work and cultural exchange in order to enable youth to affect positive change in their lives, communities and the global community.

Mission Statement

Global Potential (GP) empowers high potential urban youth from low-income communities around the world to energize each other through education, international service work and cultural exchange in order to enable youth to affect positive change in their lives, communities and the global community.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2011 to Aug 31, 2012
Projected Income $152,100.00
Projected Expense $195,772.00

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Mission Statement

Global Potential (GP) empowers high potential urban youth from low-income communities around the world to energize each other through education, international service work and cultural exchange in order to enable youth to affect positive change in their lives, communities and the global community.

Background Statement

Since 2007, GP helps solve unemployment and inequality cycles and fills the void for youth to gain skills to face global issues, as many are “unprepared without basic skills to navigate the future as it stands today” (National Geographic, 2006). There are nearly zero accessible meaningful volunteering opportunities for youth from low-income communities to get outside their environments to make positive triple impact change on themselves, their communities and the global community.

GP is the only organization that provides over a year and a half urban low-income youth with six key components of 1) travel and cross cultural dialogues, 2) international cultural exchange and language immersion, 3) social entrepreneurship, 4) media advocacy, 5) leadership training and 6) community service opportunities. 

Phase 1: 6-month weekly training after school on human rights, global issues, social entrepreneurship, peace, team building, communication, conflict resolution, race, religion, culture, poverty and sustainable change making. These workshops take place after a school day and last 2 hours per session. 

Phase 2: 1.5 months of immersion in a rural village in a developing country. From 2008 to 2011, this cultural exchange took place in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Nicaragua. This is a 24/7 experience, with one day taken as a personal day for reflection and development. GP youth live with host families, carry out internships and community development projects. They hold youth-led conferences to dialogue and inspire.

Phase 3: 10.5 months of individualized and group support and coaching based on the passions and abilities of each youth. GP youth leaders carry out their projects in the high schools and surrounding community centers, either afterschool or during the weekends. The youth select a Major and a Minor to focus their time and energies during this last phase of GP before graduating in June. The five tracks are:

1. Social Entrepreneurship (e.g. social ventures)(e.g. documentaries, photography, murals, theater)

2. Media & Art Advocacy 

3.Community Service & Activism(e.g. service- learning, social justice campaigns)

4. School Leadership (eg. school clubs, recruitment of new GP class in schools)

5. Internship (e.g. partner sites or with GP for professional development)

Upon the completion of these three phases, GP youth fellows graduate from Global Potential and have the option to be hired as a professional intern staff the following years.

Impact Statement

1)Unique Youth Empowerment Model
GP trained 100 youth and young adults in Boston's Public Schools and beyond in media advocacy, leadership, social entrepreneurship, community development and global awareness, to become the leaders of tomorrow in business, community development, education and politics. GP trained 30 GP alumni who returned to work with GP as coordinators and youth facilitators. Over 90% of GP graduates attend college and 20% have received full-ride scholarships.
2) Increased outreach of GP in Boston and beyond
GP continued its reach in Boston. GP went from working with two schools to recruiting youth from five BPS schools: the Edward M Kennedy Academy, John D O'Bryant, Dorchester Academy, Fenway High School and CASH. GP recruited youth from Brookline High, Academy of the Pacific Rim, Lawrence High and also from programs such as the Youth Initiative Development Project.
3) GP Boston built capacity to run its operations. Managing Director and Founder of GP in Boston opened up GP France offices in 2012 and trained staff and youth graduates of Boston to manage GP operations locally. Two Program Coordinators volunteered 20 hrs/week, 15 young adults mentored the youth and 8 youth facilitators ran weekly workshops. One BPS teacher stepped up her GP responsibilities and a GP youth graduate helped manage the team. GP's in-kind donations based the professional hours of 92 volunteers between multiple cities was equivalent to $712000 of work, since GP is fully volunteer-run.
2012-2013 Goals:
1) GP aims to continue training 100 youth every year and expand its reach to more schools and programs in Boston.
2) GP aims to pay stipends and salaries to its GP long-term and qualified volunteers to ensure sustainability of trainings and programming
3) GP aims to set up a revenue-generating model to sell short trips to youth who can afford to pay service-learning experiences in rural villages that GP has partnerships with.

Needs Statement

1) Funding

In its volunteer-model, it costs GP $2000/youth to participate in its year and a half program, that has since 2007 contributed to positively change directly the lives of 400 youth, half of whom have travelled with GP. Additionally, every year through its conferences, events and workshops, GP positively affects the lives of 500 youth and young adults. By raising this investment to $6000 per youth, GP can serve in 2012-2013 five times as many youth thanks to being able to remunerate some of its staff to continue carrying out the necessary work.

With a million dollar investment in GP, GP could serve an additional 1000 youth in the next three years, in up to five cities in the U.S., 1 in France and 2 additional developing countries, with around 20 staff hired full-time (from the already working staff of volunteers since 2007). In 2013, remaining 100% volunteer-run, GP will have to raise $65 000.

2) Management

GP needs to hire a Managing Director at $50 000/year in Boston in 2013 to take over the current Director's position, who will be operating out of France in 2013. Ideally GP would hire a GP Graduate Fellow to co-direct operations, at $20 000/year in Boston. 

GP's volunteer recruitment program is very strong at Northeastern, Suffolk, Harvard College, UMass Boston, Boston University and Wheelock College. Its programs also are very strong and are recognized by Boston Public Schools.

CEO Statement

GP's uniqueness

GP addresses the overall lack of long- term quality year-round after school and summer programs to significantly diminish the widening learning gap and increased violence seen among youth today.  No other program lasts as long as GP in direct work with youth over a year and a half, with 1.5 months of international cultural exchange. Other programs have on average 2 or 3 weeks of immersion experience, with no significant preparation or application period upon return as GP does. GP offers a comprehensive one-of-a-kind leadership and entrepreneurship training program for high potential under-resourced youth in quality educational.


GP is one of the few organizations that provides youth from low-income communities with a mix of high quality education workshops, travel, cultural exchange, and community service opportunities. Some programs serve these youth with rural or wilderness area projects, but not with volunteer opportunities, nor with an international volunteer component. Some other programs are similar in scope to GP, but their approach is not as comprehensive (e.g. time internationally, social ventures). 


GP considers all its volunteers as individuals with distinct aspirations and expectations, who require tailored solutions. GP has mobilized over 100 graduate and undergraduate volunteers since 2007 to create successful GP programs today, all while being 100% volunteer-run. GP is now ready to be replicated worldwide. Volunteerism is at the root of what we do best. GP will maintain its volunteer group even when acquiring sufficient revenue to pay for salaries, as this is at the core of our model.

GP has a simple and replicable model. Its team can initially establish itself and positively impact directly 50 youth in one year and an additional 250 indirectly. During that year, GP establishes core partnership among high schools and youth programs. In every city envisioned for GP’s presence, there will need to be a hired Program Director as GP expands. 


GP spends significant time to build trusting relationships with families, schools, communities locally and internationally so as to positively reinforce them and not cause additional threats or sanctions. The impact occurs on four levels: 1) the individual, 2) the family, 3) the local community and 4) the global community

 Thank you,

Frank Cohn
Executive Director, Founder
Sarah Gogel
Managing Director, Founder 
Peter Maugeri
Director of Operations, Co-Founder



Board Chair Statement


What a journey we have experienced since January 2010! I have been lucky enough to be the President of Global Potential since then and have witnessed amazing impact carried out by Global Potential, reaching people and places like never before. Thanks to GP, youth have:

  • Received scholarships, such as Seinfeld and Posse
  • Awarded prizes for their community work within GP, such as the White House President’s Service Award
  • Recognized for their documentaries with the Human Rights Watch Film Festival Award, United Nations Dialogue of Civilizations Award, Tribeca Film festival award
  • Awarded Ashoka Youth Venture Grants and many more.


First, in January 2010 we expanded into Boston and received donated office space at Encuentro 5 in Chinatown and engaged with new partners. The Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers joined the Global Potential network of partner high schools. In 2010-2011, this network grew to 13 high schools and youth programs that have worked with Global Potential since its inception.



In 2010, we expanded our international cultural exchange to Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast in a village called El Hatillo in the region of Matagalpa. In the Dominican Republic, we opened up in Batey 8, Cuchilla and Blocks de Mena.


We achieved this scale in less than five years, with the following outcomes:

  • Interventions in ten neighborhoods and two cities in the U.S.A. (New York and Boston)
  • Support to six villages in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Nicaragua with six international cultural exchange trips
  • 12,000 youth and adults engaged in transformative projects;

-400 youth directly from urban communities who carried out 1 1⁄2 year program

-3000 youth indirectly from our urban communities from common activities in the city

-3000 adults indirectly from urban communities from work with families and partner organizations

-3000 youth indirectly from rural communities from our work in collaboration on community development, documentary making, youth conferences and dialogue

-3000 adults indirectly from rural communities from our work in collaboration on community development, documentary making, conferences and workshops


Global Potential has made a significant social impact on a voluntary basis since 2007. Our success is also due to the passion and commitment of over 100 volunteers and interns from our partner Universities and other young professionals dedicating over 200,000 hours since 2007 and professional multidisciplinary skills in social work, education, international development, the arts, business and technology. 


What remains challenging is passing to the next level of all the amazing work that we are doing from being fully volunteer-run to being volunteer-driven, meaning recruiting our first employed staff. We have set a goal for this to occur in 2012 and are applying much more frequently to Foundations than ever before. Our management team works up to 80 hours a week for the last five years, and this is not sustainable. We need to pass to the next level to finance salaries and have strategized revenue-generating solutions too to help with this funding.





Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
City of Boston- Roxbury

  • Dorchester 25%
  • Jamaica Plain 18% 
  • Roxbury 14%
  • Mattapan 7%
  • East Boston 7%
  • Roslindale 7%
  • Allston 4%
  • Malden 4%
  • Lawrence 4%
  • Mission Hill 4%
  • Boston 3%
  • Charlestown 3%
New York 
  • Bronx 17% 
  • Queens 8% 
  • Manhattan 20% 
  • Harlem 8% 
  • Brooklyn 47%
FRANCE (Paris region)
  • 99% from La Courneuve
  • 1% from Blanc Mesnil
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (Independencia and Barahona regions)
  • Batey 1, 7, 8
  • Cuchilla
  • Blocks de Mena
  • Fonds Verrette
  • Bas Gormand
  • Cité Soleil
NICARAGUA (Matagalpa region)
  • El Hatillo
  • Las Minas

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Urban & Community Economic Development
  3. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Minority Rights

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Global Potential


Phase 1: 6-month weekly training after school on human rights, global issues, social entrepreneurship, communication, conflict resolution, race, religion, poverty and sustainable change making.

Phase 2: 1.5 months of immersion in a rural village. From 2008 to 2011, this cultural exchange took place in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Nicaragua. GP youth live with host families, carry out internships and development projects. They hold youth-led conferences.

Phase 3: 10.5 months of individualized and group coaching. GP youth leaders carry out their projects in the high schools and surrounding community centers, either afterschool or during the weekends. The youth select a Major and a Minor:

1. Social Entrepreneurship

2. Media & Art Advocacy 

3. Community Service & Activism

4. School Leadership 

5. Internship

Upon the completion of these phases, GP youth fellows graduate from Global Potential and have the option to be hired as a professional intern staff the following years.


Budget  $850,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years) Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success 

• 20% youth will develop social ventures and advocacy campaigns to contribute to their local and global communitiies

• 20% youth will create murals, photography, theatrical and art projects

• 20% youth will produce award-winning documentary films shown worldwide

• 20% youth will organize community clean-ups, carry out educational or sports classes for communities in need, teach languages

• 20% youth will build community gardens, plant trees, construct houses, schools and roads

• 100% youth will make lasting friendships and global networks of solidarity among youth

• 80% will receive new ways of understanding their local and global communities and their role within them

• 95% will feel more purpose in their life and new strength and skills within themselves

• 95% will live through experiences that are key for resumes and college applications as well as increased access to competitive jobs

Program Long-Term Success 

• 75% youth will increase economic prospects leading to further development and more competitive possibilities for residents of the international villages and the local communities

• 95% youth will put challenges that they face in their own lives and neighborhoods into perspective and turn them into opportunities.

• 90% youth will increase awareness and tolerance, learning how to cooperate and collaborate in teams with different and unique people
• 90% youth will improve educational performance, motivation, engagement and commitment to their education and teachers, improve their attendance and graduation rates
• 100% youth will increase their sense of confidence, autonomy, self- worth, value to society and leadership skills
Program Success Monitored By 

GP’s evaluation design and strategy was designed in partnership with the Center for Social Development at Washington University, Fordham University, and Columbia University, and through an outside evaluation by The Improve Group. GP evaluates the impact of its programs on student outcomes and the extent to which students change by comparing pre-test scores with post-test scores. GP has also created a retrospective pretest method to evaluate other outcomes, so that students can evaluate themselves using a similar frame of reference.

Additional data is collected through interviews with community members.

GP’s Evaluation Specialist tracks long-term outcome through:

• Follow Up with Community-Focused Group Discus, Interviews, Observational Data gathering

• Follow Up with Alumni

• Follow Up with Host Families

• Follow Up with families/teachers/school of the alumni

GP completes interviews with GP participants’ parents and teachers, and gathers staff feedback every year or upon the staff's exit of GP.

Examples of Program Success 

GP creates:

  • 62% increase in youth involved with global issues
  • 30% increase in youth feeling they can be part of the solution on world issues
  • 26% increase in youth doing more community service.
"In 2010, I spent 45 days in Batey 7 in the Dominican Republic, constructing a water canal, interning at a clinic, instructing an English class to elementary kids, giving sex education classes, doing community clean ups and creating a Dengue campaign. I felt such a sense of accomplishment. I also visited Haiti. All that time left a lasting impact on me. I learned about the racism problems in my native country and became interested in making a change through continuing volunteering with GP. Upon my return to the U.S., 3 students and I cofounded a social venture. We collected donations to send to villages we visited, while spreading awareness in Boston. The following summer, I travelled as a GP youth intern to Nicaragua. 
-by Marianny Martinez,  GP Youth Fellow, 2010- 2011, freshman at Simmons College.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



It is challenging to be a 100% volunteer-run organization.
GP has been sponsored by Youth I.N.C to carry out our first gala at the Waldorf Astoria in New York on November 12, 2012. This will be the first time we will ever raise $25000 at once from individual donors. However, this will go toward our operating our programs and not salarying any personnel.
Due to the challenging economy, GP has been able to attract hundreds of volunteers who wish to add to the curriculum youth or international work, program management experience and other altruistic alternatives to their careers. We have attracted many young adults who wish to fill their time as they seek further careers and have a meaningful volunteer experience. We have a working board that meets once a month and all our volunteers are passionately involved and youth graduates of GP come back in large numbers to stay involved.
At the core of GP is the philosophy that everyone has the potential to be a volunteer and contribute positively to our society. Traditionally those with less resources are considered the least likely to be able to provide help to others in terms of community service and exchange. However, GP turns this paradigm around and makes a 360 degree shift by allowing youth who have had to adapt to harsh circumstances be the very ones who learn how to create positive change for others. They are the ones who provide mutually beneficial help.
We would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers who have given their time and energy to GP since 2007: Alessia Mondlane, Amber Brown Hospedale, Anamika Parida, Anne Gifford, Ashleigh Cooper, Ays Necioglu, Bo Patiwat, Bret Carr, Brittany Lynk, Carol Saito, Chloé Ledoux, Christine McCaleb, Christine McReynolds, Cindy Sakala, Cristina Ovalles, Dana Kuefner, Daniel Martinez, Daniel Snyder-Boisserie, Dariana Castro, Deryn Boyce, Elise Jernigan, Elizabeth Craig, Elona Zakharova, Esther Cho, Fien Weeda, Hannah Plimack, Ilsa Bruer, Jeannie Ferrari, Janine Flores, Jeff Balinksi, Jennifer Bess, Jessica Bolen, Julieta Mendez, Karina Ovalles, Kenneth Simone, Kim Lee Alvarado, Kim Leone, KK Shapiro, Jodi Kaur, Latonya Dawson, Lauren Bilich, Lisa Kletjian, Lissan Hardware, Luisana Taveras, Marie Tudiesche, Margot Clavier, Marianny Martinez, Natasha Rawdon-Jones, Nick Forth, Olivier Cahané, Parker Shea, Rae Kuo, Renoly Santiago, Romano Collard, Samy Beneco, Sarah Lamm, Sandra Gonzalez, Shanita Williamson, Simona Stoeva, Taina Vargas



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Frank Cohn
CEO Term Start Mar 2007
CEO Email
CEO Experience

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Frank has worked with youth and community groups in over 50 rural villages and 12 cities in 14 countries in Latin America and Asia, and has managed or led international trips for over 500 youth. His previous work includes Field Director for an NGO in Central America, and with the United Nations in Social Policy and Development. Frank was selected in 2011 as the New Yorker of the Week by NY1 Television, and in 2010 won the Emerging Social Worker Award from the National Association of Social Workers – NYC Chapter, and was designated a “Robin Hood Lionheart”. In 2008 he was selected as a We Are All Brooklyn Fellow and is currently on their steering committee, and in 2005 he was the Founding President of the Columbia University Partnership for International Development (CUPID). Frank brings 12 years of managerial and supervisory experience with designing, running, and evaluating community service and development programs. He has lectured at Columbia and New School Universities, and conducts trainings on Non-Profit Start-up and Management, Social Entrepreneurship, Evaluation, Communication, Stress Management, and Team Building. Frank holds his Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, specializing in International Social Development and Social Enterprise Administration, and speaks fluent French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and is functional in Hindi, Haitian Creole, and Italian.

Co-CEO Ms. Sarah Gogel
Co-CEO Term Start Sept 2007
Co-CEO Email
Co-CEO Experience

Ms. Sarah Gogel, LMSW, an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow (2011) is a Law School student at Northeastern University School of Law, specialized in international development through a dual degree Masters at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University (2013). She carried out an exchange program with Sciences Po law school in Paris from January to May, 2012, as part of the Northeastern Law School program. Sarah holds her A.B. in Sociology from Harvard College and a Masters in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work. She has in-depth experience working with diverse at-risk populations, specifically with trauma survivors, youth, the elderly and migrants. Sarah has worked for ten years in the fields of development, advocacy and human rights in international and national organizations-from corporations like l’Oréal Recherche in France to non-profits like Physicians for Human Rights in Israel, the International Institute of New Jersey and the Fédération Internationale des Droits de l’Homme (FIDH) in Paris. Sarah was most recently a legal intern in the Caribbean Unit of the Regional office of Washington D.C. and in Calais, France, of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Originally from Paris, France, Sarah is a native French speaker, is fluent in English and Spanish, and speaks Hindi and Urdu. She has worked with multiethnic and multicultural populations in India, Israel, Nicaragua, France and the United States. Sarah was recognized as Boston Hero of the Year in 2010 (Boston Metro) and was a PresenTense Fellow for Social Innovators in 2011. Sarah is also YouthActionNet Global International Youth Fellow (2009).

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Daniel Alfaro Program Coordinator, Boston

Daniel is a 20 year-old graduate of Roxbury Community with a College Associates Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration on Social Sciences. In the fall of 2012, Daniel will be a junior at UMass Boston. In May 2010, he graduated high school from one of GP's partner schools, John D O'Bryant High School for Mathematics and Sciences and has acted as Program Coordinator in GP Boston's office since January 2012. Daniel travelled to El Hatillo, Nicaragua, as a GP Fellow (summer 2011) and was a youth facilitator during the summer of 2012 in Nicaragua as well. 

Daniel was born into a Salvadorian family in Boston. Daniel is interested in sports, history, and taking new adventures. Daniel says about himself the following: “I’m an enthusiastic teenager, I enjoy venturing myself to different activities and enjoy finding myself in the middle of something interesting. I spend most of my time walking around the city because I always find something interesting along my way that sparks my curiosity and interest. I hope to one day travel throughout the United States and Central America, so I can reunite with family and also get to travel to new places." Daniel accomplished part of this dream during the summer of 2012 when he travelled to El Salvador before going to Nicaragua. He wishes to study history and obtain his graduate degree in Human Services and International Relations. Daniel supervises a team of 8 volunteers in Boston working directly with his peers of youth.
Ms. Niki Borofsky Vice-President GP France

Niki Borofsky is a lawyer and global human rights advocate based in Paris, France. She obtained her J.D. from Northeastern Law School and her BA from Stanford University. She is an associate at Proskauer Rose’s Paris Office where she is part of the Labor and Arbitration teams. Her personal work focuses on the role of the private sector in helping to ensure social justice and she is passionate about providing access to education for all.

She is a member of UNESCO’s Gender Equality in Free and Open Source Software community and actively researches new ways to offer increased access to women and youth through new technologies and training.

Niki is also the CEO of nikisky Consulting, LLC, through which she collaborates with businesses,NGOs and individuals on international human rights projects. She has traveled widely and participated in cultural exchanges in Cuba, Argentina, Romania, Uganda and Tunisia. She speaks English, French and Spanish and is always learning new languages.

Ms. Jordan Capik School and Youth Coordinator

Jordan Capik joined GP Boston in January 2010. She has her Bachelors from Northeastern University in Spanish and Secondary Education and a Masters from the same school in the Art of Teaching. She is originally from New Jersey and has spent significant time in the Dominican Republic. She is a Spanish teacher for Native Speakers at the high school Kennedy Academy for Health Careers in Boston. 

Jordan has significant experience mentoring and tutoring at various after school and summer programs in Boston, as well as teaching English and Gym at public and private institutions in Santiago, Dominican Republic. In her spare time you can find her eating maduros and queso frito, dancing Bachata, and reading. She is very dedicated to the mission of Global Potential and had a transformative experience leading and facilitating the youth program during three summers with GP in Batey 7, Dominican Republic: summer 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Mr. Papa Diop Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer Global Potential France Papa Diop is a CPA and holds his MPA from Baruch College, specializing in Nonprofit Administration and has over fifteen years experiences in public accounting and in accounting roles in the private sector. Papa began his career at a regional accounting firm based out of New York where he served as part of the management team and specialized in audits of governmental and non-profit entities. Papa later joined Deloitte where he worked with a wide range of not-for-profit and commercial clients and industries. Most recently, Papa was a member of the management team within the Internal Audit Group of the Ford Foundation where he was involved in the audits of field offices in Indonesia, China, India, Russia, Chile, Nigeria and South Africa. Papa understands the challenges of working in a cross cultural diverse organization. He speaks fluent French and conversational in Spanish. Currently, Papa is working as a consultant with a regional CPA firm in New York. Papa is also a member of the finance team of Global Potential since early 2011.
Ms. Katarina Erbacke Administrative Coordinator
Katarina holds a Masters degree in history, and has also studied international relations and political science at the European Studies Program at Gotland University in Visby, Sweden, with studies carried out also at Keele University in England. Katarina was, prior to moving to New York, running Europe Direct Skåne Nordväst, in the Municipality of Helsingborg, Sweden, an EU information center on behalf of the European Commission and the local council of her hometown Helsingborg. Earlier in her career she worked with administration and economy at various companies in Sweden. Katarina is a foodie, who in her free time loves exploring New York on foot with her camera. She also enjoys playing tennis and travelling.
Ms. Adela George International Program Manager
Adela is originally from the Dominican Republic. She came to the United States at the age of fifteen. In June 2005 she received her BA in Italian Language and Civilitazion with a minor in Spanish Literature from Hunter College.
Adela currently works at Hunter College Language Center. She formerly worked as a Career and Education Manager at New Heights Neighborhood Center, a community based organization that provides educational and workforce development opportunities for disconnected youth in the Washington Heights/Inwood area.  She facilitates career development workshops which prepares the young adults with work-based experience and training.
Adela has actively worked in doing community service and advocacy on issues that affect her community. As an undergraduate student at Hunter College, she was the president of The Dominican Perspective Club for three consecutive years. As the leader of this student institution, Adela coordinated three community service trips to the Dominican Republic. In the last two, she visited Casa Rosada; an institution that shelter orphan children that are HIV positive. There, she donated medicines, clothes, toys and food. Adela also collaborated with both MOSTCHA a non- profit organization that works with Dominican –Haitian community in the Bateyes, and with Hogares Crea, a Drug Rehabilitation Center, in the Dominican Repulic that helps drug addicts to re-integrate to society. In order to increase AIDS awareness in The Dominican Republic population, Adela facilicated AIDS awareness workshop, distributed condoms and literature in various schools and others institutions that work with young people.  
Adela is the former Vice-president of  Fundacion Alba & Ocaso a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education, health, and nutrition service to children in the Dominican Republic.  This organization is currently sponsoring fifteen children in San Miguel, an inner city neighborhood in La Vega, DR.
Ms. Ame Igharo Senior Event Planner Ame Igharo is Senior Event Planner with GP since 2011. She is Global Marketing Manager at Elizabeth Arden isince 2008, and has previously worked as Associate Marketing Manager at BEAUTE PRESTIGE INTERNATIONAL (2005-2008). She also was the Coordinator at L’Oréal S.A. (2004-2005), Forecasting Assistant at Estee Lauder (2003-2004). Ame has her BA in Art History and Studio Art from Williams College (2002) and attended Deerfield Academy. She studied at the Alliance Française.
Mr. Peter Maugeri Co-Founder, Director of Operations, Director of Media Program Peter is the Founder and Director of GP's Media program, a multi-platform advocacy program educating youth for using media as a tool for social advocacy. Notable documentary productions include Sugar Cane Hopes, La Lluvia, Boundaries Within, Unidentified, and Si, Se Puede. He has a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University. He also studied Documentary Filmmaking, Visual Anthropology, and Ethnography at Hunter College in New York City. He has worked professionally in media for Reality Television productions and has independently produced documentary films around social justice issues, including Voice Your Choice, Six Weeks To Wellness, and Man Within the Bottle, a feature documentary that follows the lives of a group of homeless men and women over a 3-year span. A former student of Academy Award-nominated Nina Rosenblum, he is currently a member of her production company, Daedalus Production, Inc, as a film editor and producer, having worked on such films as Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League’s New York; I, Too, Sing America: The Life and Art of Jacob Lawrence; and currently Take These Broken Wings and Learn to Fly. He has provided media consultation for philanthropy organizations such as Philanthropy Indaba and has sat on the selection committee of numerous film festivals, including Tribeca Institute's Our City, My Story youth media program.
Ms. Shridevi Mishra Research Program Manager Shridevi Mishra- Shridevi holds her Masters in Sociology from the Hyderabad Central University, India. She is currently the Research Program Manager at Global Potential and is responsible for the Research, Policy and Evaluation component of the program. Shridevi has worked with several non profits in South Asia and has been involved with conceptualizing and designing several action research projects on development issues, with special focus on issues of public health, gender and citizenship. During her internship years at graduate school, she undertook individual case studies on a range of cross cutting themes, unique to a developing country like Urbanization, Food Security, Human Rights and Female Infanticide etc. Shridevi believes her experience at GP would help her gain a deeper understanding of issues of power, exclusion and identity and its implications for at risk youth.
Mr. Kris Ruiz Creative Consultant Kris is Global Potential’s Creative Consultant. Christian has been with GP since April 2009, initially thanks to a partnership GP had with Global Kids. He first went to the Dominican Republic with GP as a youth participant and thereafter co-founded the media program with Peter Maugeri as GP's creative consultant. He was a youth facilitator with GP during the summer of 2011 and is now Program Manager at one of GP's partner sites in Beijing, China, with the JUMP Foundation. He is the President of GP's Youth Action Council. Kris enjoys music, cycling, dancing, and exploring, and is 23 years old.
Ms. Erica Shusas Senior Web Designer Erica Shusas has been with GP since September 2009. She holds an MA in Media Studies from The New School University, where she concentrated on digital arts and web design. She also received a BA in Social Thought and Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is interested in how media is and can be used as tool to promote social change. Originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, but relocating to New York from Chicago, Erica has lived and worked in England, was a volunteer teacher in a rural village in Nepal, and has spent time traveling in South America. She is currently continuing her education by taking Spanish and dance classes, while working as a researcher for a communications company that advises numerous new media related projects. She also freelances doing website design.
Mr. Jean Ulysse Vice President Youth Action Council

Jean Ulysse is a 20 year old freshman at Plattsburgh College, and is the Vice President of the GP Youth Action Council. In June 2010, Jean graduated from GP and the following year he graduated from the International High School of Prospect Heights in Brooklyn. Originally from Haiti, Jean moved to New York as a child and grew up in Brooklyn.

Jean speaks fluent French, Creole, and Spanish. In 2011-2012, before going to College, Jean took a gap year as a Global Citizen Year fellow in Santiago, Brazil. In 2010, Jean also won a scholarship with Cross Cultural Soloutions to volunteer on a trip to Guatemala for 3 weeks. In addition, he was a Tribeca Film Fellow and soon thereafter won a grant award to work on his own film project. Jean has worked with GP in the field of Preventing Child Trafficking and Exploitation, and has a youth committee group working to end child trafficking and exploitation. He is passionate about film as a way to communicate the stories of others.

Jean has been an active member of the GP Team ever since he graduated from GP in 2010. He has specialized in the domain of social media (e.g. editing GP participant’s film made in the field and funding proposals for the films.) He was a Junior Youth Facilitator for GP in Batey 7 during the summer of 2011 and helped with outreach in Fondes Verettes in Haiti for the Youth Conference. As a French speaker, Jean is particularly enthused over GP France. He is mostly focused on advocating for global awareness to his surrounding community.

Jean says in October 2011 on his recent experience in Brazil as a Global Citizen Year fellow: “We as Americans, we are very lucky to have purified water to drink and be able take care of our daily needs. I have witnessed people die from diarrhea. People in Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Haiti and Brazil do not have purified water to drink or running water in the home as you are using running your shower — a bad imitation of a waterfall.

Be mindful about this, but how? I will say the first step is consciousness. You have to be in these people shoes who live on the margins of society here in Brazil to see what its like to be them. Trade shoes with them to see what its like. For sure there are other steps to accomplish this but you have to start by conscientization.”


Award Awarding Organization Year
Brooklyn Community Foundation Award Brooklyn Community Foundation 2012
Grand Circle Associate's Fund Grand Circle Foundation 2012
Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship Award Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship: 2011
New Yorker of the Week NY 1: 2011
Premio por la comunidad nicaragüense de Boston a Sarah Gogel y David Gullette Nicas de Massachusetts 2011
PresenTense Fellowship for Innovators Combined Jewish Philanthropies 2011
Small steps: one at a time Let's Talk Magazine 2011
Boston Hub’s Local Hero Boston Metro: 2010
Emerging Social Work Leader Award NASW 2010
YOUTH PRODUCING CHANGE (YPC) Human Rights Watch International Film Festival 2010
L'espwa Kan: Plural+ Video Festival 2009
The President of the Brooklyn Borough Thank you Award Office of the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office 2009
The President of the Brooklyn Borough Thank you Award Office of the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office 2009
YouthActionNet Fellowship International Youth Foundation 2009


Affiliation Year
-- --
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Regarding our management, it would be important to remunerate them. Our core staff are professional, dedicated, diverse, ambitious, visionary, entrepreneurial. In order to retain them we will need to have them 100% with GP, which means being able to give them a salary. We have staff around the U.S. and the world who are ready to bring GP to the next level if they could do this as a full-time job without burning out in trying to juggle their lives to survive while giving quality and unique services to marginalized youth.

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 4
Number of Part Time Staff 26
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 130
Staff Retention Rate % 50%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 26
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 10
Caucasian: 40
Hispanic/Latino: 28
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 26
Other (if specified): Middle Eastern (2), South Asian (8), European (16)
Gender Female: 84
Male: 46
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Directors and Officers Policy
Accident and Injury Coverage

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A


Board Chair Mr. Adam Michaels
Board Chair Company Affiliation Booz & Co. Management Consulting
Board Chair Term Sept 2010 - Aug 2013
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Frank Cohn Bushwick Impact Exofficio
Sarah Gogel Northeastern University School of Law (student) Exofficio
Siddhartha Jha Arrowhawk Capital Partners Voting
Amy Lee Goldman Sachs Voting
David Mars White Owl Capital Partners LLC Voting
Adam Michaels Booz & Company Voting
John Moloney Moodyʼs Investors Service Voting
Arash Yomtobian Barclays Capital Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Daniel Alfaro UMass Boston Voting
Fanelia Baskin Lang College Voting
Samy Beneco Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo Voting
Vinicio Bronfield Borough of Manhattan Community College Voting
Daniel Martinez John D O'Bryant School for Mathematics and Sciences Voting
Leandro Perez SUNY Buffalo Voting
Kris Ruiz JUMP Foundation Voting
Jean Ulysse Plattsburgh University Voting
Alicia Wade Queensborough Community College Voting

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 4
Other (if specified): Indian, Middle Eastern, European
Gender Female: 2
Male: 5
Not Specified 1

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Board Governance
  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Legislative
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
  • Youth

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The challenges are due to being 100% volunteer-run - our board members commit around 5 hours a week, which limits GP in who we can attract to the board.

On a positive note, among the hundreds of volunteers who have come in and out of GP, a core 23 members have remained for at least two years. The range of skills amongst our staff is very diverse. The majority of our staff are from the low-income communities or developing countries that GP works in, giving them unique expertise and knowledge. 
Some profiles of our staff is as follows: 
Adela George is a 33 years old Black Hispanic woman originally from the Dominican Republic. She has worked for Global Potential for the past 4 years. She is currently the International Program Manager, and also works at Hunter College in New York.
Jean Ulysses is a Black 19 year old male originally from Haiti.  He was a participant on 2009 and since then he has been involved with GP as Vice-President of the Youth Council. He served as a Field Facilitator in the Dominican Republic, and lived in Brazil on a year scholarship program.
Christian Ruiz is a 22 year old Puerto Rican who lives in China currently with our partner organization JUMP Foundation, originally from the Bronx. He was a GP youth participant in 2009 and has been working with GP for the past three years. He started as a Junior field Facilitator and currently he is GP Creative Consultant and President of the Youth Action Council.

Shridevi Mishra is a 28 year old South Asian woman originally from India, with a Masters Degree in Sociology. She has worked for GP since 2010 as a Evaluation Specialist.

Daniel Alfaro is a 20 year old Hispanic male originally from El Salvador. He was a Youth Participant in 2011, and thereafter GP Youth Engagement Coordinator and VP of Communications. Daniel is a freshman at UMass Boston.
Marianny Martinez is an 18 year old Hispanic woman originally from the Dominican Republic. She was a Youth Participant in 2010 and summer 2011 was a Youth Field Staff in Nicaragua. She is a freshman at Simmons College.
Ayan Hassan is an 18 year old Black woman refugee from Somalia who is former GP participant in Boston in 2011 and is now a freshman at Pine Manor College. She serves as GP Youth Ambassador.
Siddhartha Jha is a 27 year old South Asian male board member, originally from Bihar, India. He currently works for Arrowhawk Capital Partners Commodity strategies.  

Arash Yomtobian is a 28 year old Middle Eastern Board Member and currently serves on the Board as the Treasurer.  He helps to prepare the annual budget and monitors expenditures and income.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2009 (%)

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2011 to Aug 31, 2012
Projected Income $152,100.00
Projected Expense $195,772.00
Form 990s

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2012 2010 2009
Total Revenue $151,913 $88,057 $82,924
Total Expenses $147,488 $80,911 $72,621

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2010 2009
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$37,375 -- --
Government Contributions $17,500 $10,000 $8,050
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- $10,000 $8,050
    Unspecified $17,500 -- --
Individual Contributions $85,238 $69,807 $46,427
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- $8,250 $28,447
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $11,800 -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2012 2010 2009
Program Expense $126,530 $65,674 $70,709
Administration Expense $17,937 $15,237 $1,912
Fundraising Expense $3,021 -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.03 1.09 1.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses 86% 81% 97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 2% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2012 2010 2009
Total Assets $36,066 $36,724 $30,581
Current Assets $36,066 $36,724 $30,581
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $28,629 $11,000 $12,003
Total Net Assets $4,050 $25,724 $18,578

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2010 2009
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2012 2010 2009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.26 3.34 2.55

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2012 2010 2009
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In 2011, GP created an accounting manual in which we have created a chart of accounts, with purchasing procedures, cash disbursements, cash receipts, an inventory for the accountant, a disposition of Assets, procedures for petty cash limited at $100, procedures for international and domestic travel and procedures for expense reports. We have implemented using Quickbooks, between Boston, New York and Paris, and are systematizing our financial procedures. We have oversight on behalf of our newly elected Chief Financial Officer, Papa Diop, which is a very positive opportunity for GP.
As a challenge, we face needing to remunerate our core staff, notably our management team and some youth leaders who would amazingly run the organization.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS 990s, which covers financials for the entire organization and all offices, including Boston. The nonprofit is switching financial year periods and as such the 2011 990 covers a shorter year so it has not been included in summary financial data. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available as well as details pertaining to the assets.
Please note, for fiscal year 2010 there was an adjustment of the net assets due to a reduction in a receivable from the City Council, not noted in the 990 due to adjustments after the 990 was filed.


The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?


3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?